Ella Masar McLeod playing for the Houston Dash in 2015
|Full name||Ella Masar McLeod|
|Date of birth||April 3, 1986|
|Place of birth||Urbana, Illinois, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|2004–2007||Illinois Fighting Illini|
|2004||Windy City Bluez||1||(0)|
|2009–2010||Chicago Red Stars||38||(8)|
|2013||Chicago Red Stars||20||(3)|
|2007||United States U-21||12||(2)|
|2008–2009||United States U-23||8||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 20, 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 12, 2009
Ella Masar McLeod (born April 3, 1986) is an American-Canadian soccer forward and full-back for FC Rosengård in Sweden. She previously played for Houston Dash, Chicago Red Stars, Paris Saint-Germain and magicJack. She made one appearance for the United States women's national soccer team in 2009.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Born in Urbana, Illinois, Masar attended Urbana High School, where she holds the school record for most goals in a season (40) and career (92). Masar also played club soccer for Little Illini Soccer Club (now Illinois FC). Her mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when Ella was a teen, and her parents later divorced. Her father died from a heart attack in October 2011 while Ella was playing in France.
University of Illinois
Masar enrolled at the University of Illinois in 2004. She was a college walk-on and played for the Fighting Illini for four years. In 2006, she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and NSCAA Second Team All-American. During Masar's senior year, she was named All-Big Ten First Team and Lowe's All-American First Team. Over the course of the 2007 season, Masar tallied 12 goals and 3 assists. Throughout her career, Masar compiled a total of 20 assists – the second most in the program's history. She also added 27 goals, good for fourth most.
In 2005, Masar switched to the Chicago Gaels, for whom she appeared in seven games for (650 minutes). She scored 9 goals and added an assist. She stayed with the team the following season and played in 9 more games (791 minutes). In 2006, she scored 1 goal and 1 assist.
Vancouver Whitecaps marked the next stop for Masar, who played for the Canadian team in 2007. She appeared alongside Cori Alexander, Tiffeny Milbrett, Jill Oakes, and McCall Zerboni. She played in eight games (632 minutes) and scored one goal and assisted on five others.
Masar moved to Washington Freedom in 2008, where she appeared in seven games (321 minutes) and scored three goals, while helping the Freedom to a first-place finish in the Northeast Division.
Team Strømmen, 2008
After the 2008 W-League season, Masar played in Norway with Team Strømmen for part of the 2008 Toppserien. The team advanced to the Norwegian Cup final, where they lost to Røa IL, 3–1. Masar scored Strømmen's sole goal in the final.
Chicago Red Stars (WPS), 2009–10
With the introduction of top-flight women's soccer back to the United States in the form of Women's Professional Soccer, Masar declared herself eligible for the WPS. She was drafted in the second round (9th overall) to the Chicago Red Stars in the 2008 WPS General Draft on October 6, 2008. In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Masar appeared in 16 games (five starts, 655 minutes) and recorded two assists. However, her season was hampered by a hip injury sustained on June 7, 2009 during a match against FC Gold Pride, which resulted in four torn muscles.
It was announced on September 28, 2009 that Masar's contract option had been picked up by Chicago, who held her playing rights for the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season.
magicJack (WPS) and Paris Saint-Germain, 2011
Chicago Red Stars (WPSLE, NWSL), 2012–13
Masar rejoined the Red Stars for the 2012 WPSLE season, and was re-signed by the Stars for the 2013 NWSL season.
Houston Dash (NWSL), 2014–2015
In November 2015, the Dash waived Masar at her request. She cited a desire to be close to McLeod, who was pursuing a chance to play for a club competing in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Masar ended her time with the Dash with 37 appearances and 5 goals.
FC Rosengård 2016–
In December 2015, FC Rosengård announced the signing of Masar for the 2016 season. McLeod had previously told the press that the two would be playing together in Sweden. As of September 30, 2016, she has twelve goals for the club, second only to Marta (13).
Masar's international career began in 2007 with the U-21 Women's National Team. She appeared in 12 games, scoring two goals and adding an assist. In 2008, the U-21 team switched to being a U-23 team. For the newly re-branded U-23 Women's National Team, Masar appeared in eight games and scored three goals, her last appearance coming in 2009 before she became ineligible due to age.
Masar's made her debut for the United States women's national soccer team on October 29, 2009 against Germany, where she was a 73rd-minute substitute for Amy Rodriguez. Masar and Kacey White were late additions to the squad due to the retirement of Angela Hucles and an injury to Megan Rapinoe.
Masar is married to Canadian international and FC Rosengård teammate Erin McLeod. Masar came out in an article in Pitchside Report on March 17, 2015. On July 8, 2015 McLeod posted a picture on Twitter announcing the two had married. On December 29, 2015, she posted on a picture on Twitter announcing she was an "Official Canadian," indicating she had received full Canadian citizenship. She is a Christian.
- "Ella Masar McLeod on Instagram: "For everyone that has dedicated their numerous hours and belief; thank you!!! The feeling of being able to always come HOME will never be…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Masar Takes the Road Less Traveled". USSoccer.com. US Soccer. January 25, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- "2008 Cupfinalen Røa-Team Strømmen highlights". youtube.com.
- Alicia, Tolar (January 15, 2014). "Know Your Dash- Ella Masar". SB Nation. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- "Ell Masar player profile". Soccer Way. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- "Houston Dash Selects Red Stars Ella Masar in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Chicago Red Stars. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- Feldman, Claudia (July 31, 2015). "It's more than a game. Houston couple finds love and acceptance in women's soccer". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- Kassouf, Jeff (December 1, 2015). "Masar signs with Swedish champions FC Rosengård". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Defeats Germany 1–0 in Augsburg, Germany". U.S. Soccer. 2009-10-29.
- Masar, Ella (March 17, 2015). "Ella Masar: LOVE – Entry #25". www.pitchsidereport.com. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- "The love of my life said "I do"... @emasar3 you are all my reasons- plus your initials don't change;) win win?". Twitter.
- "Ella Masar McLeod on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-02-04.